Elmer J. Roose: June 24, 1925 – April 3, 2011

Published on Thu, Apr 28, 2011
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Elmer J. Roose passed away in Bellingham. He was 84, born in Bellingham to Ernest and Helen (Kubbermus) Roose. 

Elmer worked in a furniture plant beforejoining the U.S. Navy and serving during WWII as a seabee. After the war, he worked in a lumber mill in Bellingham.  When the Intalco aluminum plant opened up, Elmer was one of its first employees working with them until his retirement. 

Elmer enjoyed motorcycles and worked to improve Hannigan Speedway. He was a member of the Elks Club. Elmer was good with his hands and crafted beautiful stone and wood elements. JoAnne and Elmer created many beautiful gardens together winning several awards from ‘Whatcom In Bloom’. 

Elmer married JoAnne in 1986. They were planning to celebrate their 25th anniversary this November. 

Elmer is survived by his wife JoAnne; son, Randy Roose; stepchildren, Gary and Cathy Ecalbarger, Monty and Anita Ecalbarger; one granddaughter, two step grandsons and many other family members. 
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 30, at 2 p.m., at Moles Greenacres Funeral Home.

You may share your memories of Elmer in the online guestbook at

Moles Greenacres Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and On-site Crematory